Each year, on February 1, NJEIS submits to OSEP, a NJEIS Annual Performance Report (APR) detailing how the early intervention system has progressed toward the targets that were set for each indicator in the State Performance Plan.
The NJEIS State Performance Plan (SPP) was initially submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in December 2005 and revised in February, 2007. The SPP provides a baseline and targets for each of the 14 federally required indicators through 2010-11. The SPP also documents how New Jersey plans to address continued progress in each of the indicators.
In accordance with Part C of IDEA at (616(a)(1)(C)(i), the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS) is required to make annual determinations on the performance of counties in meeting federal early intervention requirements. When making individual county determinations, NJEIS is required to use the same categories the federal Office of Special Education (OSEP) uses to make state determinations. These are:
- Meets the requirements and purposes of the IDEA
- Needs assistance in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
- Needs intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
- Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
This first annual determination for each county in New Jersey is based on a number of criteria related to performance data for the period of July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. Criteria include county performance related to the State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators, the 2005-2006 State Annual Performance Report (APR), timely correction of noncompliance, county submission of timely and accurate data, and contract status (at-risk or high risk).
Consistent with the approach taken by the Federal Office of Special Education Programs, NJEIS decided: (1) not to place any county in the status of “Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA” for this first year of issuing determinations, and (2) to use 95-100 percent to signify substantial compliance.
Statewide Summary of Determinations 2005-2006